Our Board and Staff

  • Board of Trustees


  • Claire Knopf - Chair * **
  • Dennis Kelly - Vice Chair * **
  • Bonnie Klein - Vice Chair * **
  • Gloria Nilson - Secretary * **
  • Mario Monello - Treasurer * **

Board of Trustees

  • Andrea Aikins
  • Victor Almeida, DO, FACEP
  • Ana Blank
  • Robert Boyle
  • Gary Chropuvka
  • Carolyn DeForte Wasserfall, DMD
  • Meghan J. Del Priore
  • Carolyn C. DeSena
  • Warren Diamond
  • Gregory A. Greco, DO, FACS
  • Jay Grunin
  • Marshall Knopf
  • Patrick P. Scire
  • Anil K. Sharma, MD
  • Robert H. Sickles
  • William Thygeson
  • Vincent Tizzio
  • Dan W. Whalen

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Bill Arnold, President Southern Region
  • Eric Carney, President and CEO
  • Tara F. Kelly, Vice President of Developent * **
  • Darsit Shah, President, Medical Staff

Advisory Board Members

  • Virginia S. Bauer **
  • Michael J. Del Priore **
  • Anthony J. Diaco
  • Samuel Fromkin
  • Terry Ingram
  • George R. Laufenberg
  • Bruce M. Meyer
  • Michael O'Neill
  • Robert Patton **
  • Joseph J. Romanowski
  • Karen M. Siciliano
  • Carol Stillwell
  • Ann Unterberg **

Honorary Trustees

  • John C. Archibald
  • Alan Davis, Esq.
  • Lewis M. Eisenberg
  • Shelley D. Schultz
  • Don J. Summa, CPA
  • Alexis Tucci, Esq.

*Executive Committee
**Nominating Committee

Our Staff

Main Telephone Number: (732) 923-6886

Tara F. Kelly
Vice President
phone: 732-923-6887
e-mail: Tara.Kelly@rwjbh.org

Robin Embrey
Director of Donor Relations
phone: 732-923-6888
e-mail: Robin.Embrey@rwjbh.org

Madison Lopez
Special Events Manager
phone: 732-923-6884
email: Madison.Lopez@rwjbh.org

Evelyn Nitis
Director of Special Events
phone: 732-923-7525
e-mail: Evelyn.Nitis@rwjbh.org

Beth Parks
Senior Executive Assistant
phone: 732-923-6883
e-mail: Elizabeth.Parks@rwjbh.org

Gabriella Prieto
Foundation Coordinator
phone: 732-923-6885
e-mail: Gabriella.Prieto@rwjbh.org

Lauren Simons
Development Manager
phone: 732-923-6908
e-mail: Lauren.Simons@rwjbh.org

Cheryl Solon
Director of Development
e-mail: Cheryl.Solon@rwjbh.org

Stronger and Healthier Community

Message from Foundation Leadership

Dear Friends,

Monmouth Medical Center serves our community by empowering donors and our neighbors to transform healthcare in Monmouth County and the surrounding areas. Over the past several years the Foundation has been leveraging philanthropy as a means to providing world-class medical services to our community.

This year MMCF will support a wide range of initiatives. The near future sees the funding of programs, services and the clinical teams as a reality. Looking forward, we plan to invest in a new and innovative medical campus situated in Tinton Falls, as well as several satellite centers devoted to primary and ambulatory care.

Accessibility to exceptional healthcare is a priority. Without the support and engagement of our donors, our partners in philanthropy, businesses, and supportive non-profit organizations, none of these accomplishments will be realized.

As the newly appointed chair of the Board, I am optimistic about the future of our region. Together with Tara Kelly, Foundation VP, and the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, we plan to create a solid infrastructure for trustees and staff by streamlining our procedural support systems. This will serve as a means to accomplishing clear and concise communication, and will allow MMCF to properly present the goals and direction of Monmouth Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health to you, our community members. We are especially proud of the Foundation's work this past year in ensuring a brighter, healthier tomorrow for all residents of Monmouth County and beyond as noted in the following pages.

As 2018 comes to a close, we are grateful to you for your compassion and your philanthropy, which fuels the work of the physicians and the clinical teams here at Monmouth Medical Center.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

With sincere appreciation,

Claire Knopf
Board Chair


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